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Living - February 8, 2008

It's all about art

Pioneer Art Gallery makes a scene

by Jordan M. Doronila

A place to see art; a place to make art. What more could an artist ask for?

The Pioneer Art Gallery on Hartz Avenue has taken off since its opening in October. When Blake Hunt Ventures agreed the Alamo-Danville Artists' Society could use the building while development plans are being finalized, the artists quickly renovated the downstairs into a spacious gallery. Upstairs is studio space.

"It's a great group of people," said Leslie Ruth, a watercolor artist who does her work in the studio. "You're free to come and go. Creativity flows."

Stephen Sanfilippo, gallery director and a landscape painter, said artists coming together is beneficial.

"You never stop learning how to paint," he said. "You continue growing as an artist."

Since the gallery's opening in the fall, exhibits have changed almost every week.

A showcase in late January featured artists from the district high schools. The schools did the initial jurying of the student art, then members of the Danville Arts Commission judged the finalists. Winners were:

* Katie Chabolla, Monte Vista High - Best of Show

* Zana Rymer, San Ramon Valley High - First Place

* Dan Ries, from San Ramon Valley - Second Place

* Natalie Gamarra, Tyler Haye, Hanna Lusignan of California High - Third Place

Honorable mention went to Mengru Liang of Dougherty Valley High School, Trenton Szewcuck of Monte Vista High School, and Michelle Farrell of San Ramon.

ADAS will be hosting a "Luau and Art" party tomorrow evening. The luau is a chance for the public to meet artists, see their work, and mingle with Hawaiians - and hula hoop, too.

A Hawaiian band and Tahitian dancers will perform, and a mai tai bar will offer both alcohol and non-alcohol beverages, and artists Kathy McCartney and Leslie Ruth will be featured. There will also be a drawing, with tickets $5 each. Event tickets are $29, to benefit the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

The Pioneer Art Gallery is open 5-9 p.m. Fridays; 1-9 p.m. Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. A schedule of events can be found at

For more information about the luau or Alamo-Danville Artists' Society, call 876-4985.

Artists' aloha

What: Art and Luau party

Who: Alamo-Danville Artists' Society,

When: 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9

Where: Pioneer Art Gallery, 524 Hartz Ave., Danville

Cost: $29

Benefits: San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Information: Call 876-4985